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Today is Paddy's funeral.  Oh, how hard it is to write those words!

Laffy has written a tribute to Paddy which will be online at 8 Pacific, 11 Indiana time, Paddy's time zone.  Its title is: 'A special tribute and reluctant good-bye to our Paddy'

The picture above is from a collage of photos her brother prepared for the service which you can learn more about here.

I'm not quite sure what else to say.  Paddy researched and curated these daily links year after year and it feels very strange to me to be writing them in her place.

So what is the world doing today?

Not many Americans seem to be paying attention, but major violence continues in the Ukraine.

A mentally-ill British citizen has been convicted of blasphemy in Pakistan.

The Sochi Winter Games are so safe that US athletes are being warned not to wear their uniforms outside of the Olympics compound. 

Republican activists don't care that Chris Christie about Bridgegate or other political revenge, they only care if he could run for president and win.  They do not care that he (allegedly) shut down the 4th largest DMV in New Jersey to exact political revenge.

There's this, too: Christie tied to scandalous private prison company and its former vice president Bill Palatucci

Oh...Right-Winger Dinesh D'Souza has been charged with Campaign Finance Fraud.

AmazingTinyHousew325h352But here's something nice: One of the most amazing tiny houses in existence!

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Christie's Either Naive Or A Liar. Neither Makes Him Presidential

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Political payback? A scandal. A Conspiracy?

Well, it all depends on who you ask. But GW Bridgegate has become open field for speculation. And depending on who you ask, some office deputy in Chris Christie's Trenton office staff concocted this plan to shut a number of lanes to the world's busiest bridge, or maybe it's all been made up... it was just the fallout of a traffic study.

It's interesting to hear the many spins on this from both sides of the political aisle. But one that stands out is actually a denial of a conspiracy theory that Rachel Maddow put forth last night. She acknowledges that it's speculation at this point - but all conspiracy theories start out that way until they're debunked or proven right. Take Watergate. The My Lai massacre. The WMD's that we went to the Iraq War over. The Reagan Iran Contra Hearings. The fake Benghazi claims. The bogus IRS targeted scandal. Face it. There are things that are kismet, some even proved wrong, and others that are planned.

But who turns out to be the Governor of New Jersey's biggest apologist? The current New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney. A Democrat. Well, in name only when it comes to being under the thumbnail of Chris Christie. During the last gubernatorial election where Christie faced off against Barbara Buono, (the Democratic candidate and former New Jersey Senate President), the current office holder Sweeney refused to back his own party's candidate and a predecessor to his office. Was this a bullying tactic or fear tactic by Christie. Sweeney refuses to comment but when he found out about Rachel Maddow's supposition that there's another alternative reason that Christie had the bridge lanes closes, he didn't bother to go watch it. He chose instead to poo-poo this idea. He said that would be a conspiracy. And that just couldn't happen in his state.

You listen to the argument and decide for yourself whether a turncoat democrat like Sweeney is in any position to comment or whether Rachel Maddow makes some very logical sense. Pay attention to her dates and times in her proposition here. DINO and party turncoat Sweeney might be right. But I'd put my money on Maddow.

Added by Laffy:

Lawrence O'Donnell also had a thing or two to add regarding the Christie scandal. He was splendid:

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